Maverick magazine, one of the country’s top business publications, this month features profiles on ten of South Africa’s leading gays and lesbians.

The March edition of the magazine, which is known for its high quality editorial, insights into business trends and a “sexy” independent personality, highlights what it calls “The Queer Yakuza – South Africa’s gay movers and shakers”.

Those that made the list include Judge Edwin Cameron – the only openly-HIV-positive figure in public office in the country, DA councilor Ian Ollis and controversial photographer Zanele Muholi.

“Our queer community is setting the global agenda in everything from human rights and HIV/Aids policies to sustainable tourism,” writes the article’s author, Tanya Pampalone.

Mambaonline’s editor, Luiz DeBarros, who is also profiled in the magazine, commented that the article reflects a growing acceptance of gays and lesbians in the business world and an awareness of the community’s impact on society. “I don’t think we would have seen a feature like this in a mainstream magazine, even five years ago,” he said.

Other openly-gay high-fliers include Legends nightclub-owner Fulvio de Stefanis, Cape Town Tourism head Sheryl Ozinsky, the Reverend Rowan Smith, Property 24 and Joburg Pride chair Tracy Sandilands, former Laugh It Off partner Chris Verrijdt and management consultant Thofi Bishop.

The March issue of Maverick is available now in bookstores and newsagents.

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